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Bell's Black Note Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 2,736
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,998
Gots: 700 | FT: 67
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell's history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 06-16-2007)
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-09-2014 21:10:59 | More by jshusc
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

07-09-2014 16:07:57 | More by loverofthecraft
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cultclassic89

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.9%

07-09-2014 15:10:17 | More by cultclassic89
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

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Flight317

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-09-2014 07:47:29 | More by Flight317
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark pitch black with a nice creamy, foamy 1 inch thick head. Tons of thick lacing.

Smell - Classic bourbon aroma, with chocolate, vanilla, coffee and added sugars. Roasted malts, some smoke also. The cream stout is noticed slightly at the finish.

Taste - First sip starts off with plenty of bourbon, along with some dark roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. The addition of the cream stout comes in after the initial blast of bourbon, and adds some sweet, creamy notes. Some dark fruits such as raisin and plum add a tart, bitterness. Vanilla is a large amount of flavor in each sip. Smoke and wood are also picked up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bourbon and Dark roasty malts are the dominate flavor throughout this beer. Palate gets dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and the cream stout flavors. Aftertaste is malty, woody, bourbon warm.

Overall - Excellent beer yes. Complex flavors, big, bold flavors. Is it the best beer ive ever tasted? Not at all. Honestly id prefer a simple barrel aged expedition stout over this 50/50 blend. The huge java/mocha flavor of expedition is replaced with some cream stout flavor that im not a big fan of. In all, a great beer that everyone needs to try but nothing to go crazy over.

Serving type: bottle

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Bell's Black Note Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 2,736 ratings.